Marco Asensio’s decision to change agents and switch to Gestifute, the agency owned by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, has raised many eyebrows across the Real Madrid camp lately.
However, according to a report from Diario AS, the Spanish international has no intention to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, despite speculation over his potential exit.
Once regarded as one of the best up and coming talents in Europe, Asensio’s progress has stagnated in recent years due to injuries and lack of form.
The attacker has struggled to offer consistency up front, and despite scoring 11 goals in all competitions this term, he has fallen behind Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior in the pecking order.
Asensio’s current contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of next season. Reports earlier in the year had suggested the two parties are set to hold talks later this season, discussing the future of the Spanish international.
However, the talks are yet to take place so far as we head towards the final phase of the campaign, with only a handful of games remaining before the season comes to a close.
For Real Madrid’s part, they have no intention to offload Asensio for a free transfer. As such, they would want to finalise a decision on the player’s future by end of the season.
Los Blancos believe a move elsewhere could be the right choice for Asensio as they are expected to bring in major attacking reinforcements in the summer, including Kylian Mbappe, who remains the top target for the league leaders.
Mbappe’s potential arrival could further diminish Asensio’s chances of becoming a first-team regular. And even though the player is open to remaining at Santiago Bernabeu, his decision to switch to Gestifute suggests he could be prepared to bid farewell later this summer.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.